Out of the Margins

A Simpler Time ...

It is tempting to adopt a black-and-white view of the past, but history is complex and should be judged on its own merits.

Points of Interest

Even the most obscure topic can be fascinating, and fascination can be found in the most unlikely places.

A Nation of Regions

Modern Britain is dominated economically, culturally and politically by London, its capital city. It was not always that way, as an examination of medieval texts reveals.

The Queen's Encomium

In commissioning her biography, Emma, wife to two kings of England, created a subtle yet audacious piece of propaganda, used to maintain her position and secure her reputation.

Chaucer's Post-Truth World

If you believe the neologism 'post-truth' describes a new phenomenon, think again. Geoffrey Chaucer diagnosed the problem at the end of the 14th century.

The Beauties of the Year

The beginning of another year provides Eleanor Parker with an opportunity to reflect on a meditation on time that combines exquisite Old English poetry with early medieval science.  

The bibliophilia of Anglo-Saxon England

Eleanor Parker reveals the scholarly network of knowledge that was at the heart of Anglo-Saxon England and the love these scholars had for the pleasures of the written word.

The hunt for medieval kings

As the search for lost medieval kings continues, interest in them seems stronger than ever. But a warning from the past speaks of their – and our – ruin.